Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

1217100Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by: Razorbill
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Rating: 4
Date Read: 27/02/2015

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Clay Jenson receives a package filled with cassette tapes, tapes that Hannah Baker made containing the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Which he soon finds out means he’s one of them. Throughout the book you read what the tapes are saying, what Hannah is saying, while Clay listens to them himself. I really think that if the tapes and Clay were separated into different parts that the book wouldn’t be as good. Being put together how they are really gives you better insight on Clay and how he reacts to them.

Hannah Baker. You really can’t help but love Hannah. When she makes the tapes, when she decides to kill herself, it’s truly a decision. It’s not impulsive. She plans it out. It’s not her first choice, she tries to make things better for herself, give everthing a second chance. It just doesn’t work out. She also knows what she’s doing and she doesn’t act otherwise. She knows there were things she could have done differently. That there were options that she didn’t try. The affects that this will have on her parents. On the tapes she’s a little a sad, a little mad, but she’s mostly resigned. People have different feelings about why Hannah made the tapes, but I think at the end of the day she just wanted them to know why she did it. To know that they know the truth. If she truly wanted to be vindictive, to outright blame them, she could have broadcatsed it to everyone. She didn’t.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a fantastic book. I definitely think that everyone one should read this book. Even if you end up hating it, it’s still one that you should read. This book was heartbreaking, amazing, beautiful and I loved it. I had heard great things about this book.

Reading this requires an open mind to understand the whole thing. This book teaches us that every action we do affects somebody else. I love this book because it’s realistic. It tackles the life of some teenagers who experience the same things and feels the same as Hannah. It can touch lives of those who can actually relate. Hannah killing herself is just the effect of what the others did to her and how they affected her life.

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